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Fwd: First U.S. Semantic Symposium: Please indicate interest

From: Michel Dumontier <michel.dumontier@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:27:54 -0800
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[Summary: We intend to run an informal symposium to gather the U.S.
community interested in foundations and applications of Semantic Web
technologies. Please let us know by February 20 if you would be
potentially interested in participating. Long version below.]

1st U.S. Semantic Symposium (USSS) - Indication of Interest

The Semantic Web is an inherently multi-disciplinary field. The
Artificial Intelligence community has contributed much in the way of
formal logic and knowledge representation. Similarly, the applied
computer science community, along with industry and government
agencies, have contributed with application development and testing.
With an ever-growing dependence on the web, natural science
researchers, geoscience and biology to name a few, have also taken an
increasing interest in the Semantic Web.

Yet, the division between computer science, natural science, and
academia/government/industry, has a downside. It limits the formation
of a coherent national agenda for exploring emerging trends in
Semantic Technologies.  What are needed are community consolidation
and the building of a U.S.-based community research network.

The goal of the 1st U.S. Semantic Symposium is to bring together the
U.S. Semantic Web community and begin forming such a research network.
We aim to achieve this by supporting communication across
disciplinary, organizational, and geographical boundaries.  The
Symposium will provide a forum by which participants can share
information and ideas, coordinate ongoing or planned research
activities, foster synthesis and new collaborations, develop community
standards, and advance their science and education through
communication and the sharing of ideas.

To this end, the Symposium will be an informal gathering with plenty
of time for discussion and breakout sessions. We encourage anyone with
an interest in the Semantic Web, regardless of field, to attend.
Given the diversity of the field, we are at this time identifying the
size of the interested community in order to identify adequate
facilities and agenda. We anticipate a one-day symposium to be held in
the Washington D.C. area during summer of 2016.

Submit your intention to participate and Symposium agenda ideas to Tom
Narock [tnarock@marymount.edu], by February 20 if at all possible.

Organizing Committee

Michel Dumontier, Stanford University
Jeff Heflin, Lehigh University
Pascal Hitzler, Wright State University
Krzysztof Janowicz, University of California, Santa Barbara Marshall
Ma, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Tom Narock, Marymount University

Dr. Pascal Hitzler
Data Semantics Laboratory
Professor and Director for Data Science
Dept. of Computer Science and Engineering, Wright State University, Dayton, OH
pascal@pascal-hitzler.de   http://www.pascal-hitzler.de
Semantic Web Journal: http://www.semantic-web-journal.net
Received on Thursday, 11 February 2016 18:28:44 UTC

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